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Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm Hubris

So, the trailer leveling ramp that I spent all weekend building a couple of weekends ago? Today was going to be its first use... Before I left the house this morning, on my way to run some errands and pick up the trailer, I rolled the ramp out to the curb so that it would be handy when I came back with the trailer. A couple of hours later, when I came back with the trailer after running my errands, it was GONE! And I hadn't even gotten to use it once yet!

I talked to my next door neighbor, who has lived in this neighborhood for 20 years or so, to ask if he had any idea what might have happened to it... He tells me that anything left on the curb here is usually scavenged within hours, if not minutes. He said that one time, he set out an old-fashioned vanity/sink cabinet, and in the time it took him to walk from the curb to his rear yard and back to the curb with more stuff, it was gone and whoever salvaged it was out of sight.

Sigh. I guess somebody else needed a custom-made pressure-treated crown-compensating double-articulated box-framed trailer leveling ramp more than I did...


Current Mood: bummed

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Date:February 23rd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
That sucks, Brent, it really does. I'm sorry. Yeesh. I'm from NYC, so I'm used to living where everything gets stolen if it isn't nailed down (or often, even if it is, including the nails), but you wouldn't think Alameda was like that.
Date:February 23rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I think that saying it was "stolen" might be a bit unfair... It might be more fair to call it a misunderstanding, driven by lack of local knowledge on my part... My neighbor assures me that, if I'd left it in my driveway, on the house side of the sidewalk (4 feet from where I left it, which was on the street side of the sidewalk), nobody would have touched it. I just goofed in leaving it right by the curb, where somebody might consider it "trash"; I left it there, because that's where I was planning to use it, in the street by the curb, when I got back with the trailer. I even considered whether the city might pick it up, but it wasn't garbage pickup day, but it never occurred to me that somebody other than the city might pick it up. Oh well... I'm more annoyed with myself than anything else.
Date:February 23rd, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Holy shit!
Date:February 23rd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Yikes! That's terrible!
Date:February 23rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry!

I suppose if the person who took it was salvaging and not stealing, there's a slim chance that an advertisement would get it back.
Date:February 25th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
That's a bummer, Brent. I agree with your assessment of the situation, not that it helps you any.

Now for my IQotD (Ignorant Question of the Day): Ignoring for the moment the pleasure of building something yourself, what did your ramp do that one of the commercial $13-$20 ramps doesn't do? I haven't the foggiest idea what "crown compensating" is, although if you are in need of a chuckle, put that (sans quote marks) into Wikipedia's search and see all the strange and disparate things that come up.
Date:February 25th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
what did your ramp do that one of the commercial $13-$20 ramps doesn't do? I haven't the foggiest idea what "crown compensating" is

The street in front of our house is steeply crowned; that is, the center of the street is much higher than the sides, so that rainwater runs off to the gutters. The crown is steep enough that I need to lift the trailer 8 inches on the gutter side, to get it level. Most commercial ramps that I've seen only give you 3 or 4 inches of lift.

Also, commercial ramps are designed for use on level surfaces. Even if it were tall enough, a commercial ramp sitting on the gutter side of my street would be leaning enough to the side that I'd worry about the ramp tipping over with the 4-ton weight of the trailer on it.

Finally, most commercial ramps are designed to lift only one wheel; there are two wheels in tandem on each side of my trailer, and they both need to be lifted, which means that the flat part at the top of the platform needs to be about 48 inches wide.

So, the ramp that I had built had a 12x48 inch center section that was level both front-to-back (to support both wheels on that side of the trailer) and side-to-side given the crown of my street. Plus there was a 12x48 inch sloped section at either end, to drive the trailer on and off the center section.
Date:February 25th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Got it. Thanks for the explanation. That obviously took a lot of work. Maybe if you ask around and ask people to put the word out, you can get your ramp back. Or maybe if you drive around in about a week you might see it in use...